Cantor Vera Broekhuysen is is the spiritual leader of Temple Emanu-El of Haverhill, Mass. and an active member of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.

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Connecting the Passover Story to the Border Today

by Vera Broekhuysen 04-17-2019

Cantor Broekhuysen leading Mincha services at the border wall. 

It was Wednesday, March 27th. I was one of 20 rabbis and cantors, assembled by T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), to witness and report on the border. A few hours earlier, CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan (now ICE’s acting director) had held a press conference at the same spot.